What does everyone think of the new rage in Crossfit? is it a good workout?
I posted in this thread...
Oh come on guys!! You sure you don't wanna have this convo just ONE more time!!!
I think we can all just politely agree to disagree about this topic...that is all!
Until CF abolishes the high-rep or timed Oly movements, corrects the imbalance between the vertical and horizontal planes, learns the proper usage of plyometrics, and develops some form of periodization and/or plan, CF will remain at best a bad routine or, at worst, an orthopedics best friend.
Oh come on! Sure you guys done wanna have this convo ONE more time!!
Ok fine, we can just politely agree to disagree
Its not about changing someones mind, its about critical evaluation of a training program/philosophy. When you have the best of the best in the industry echoing the same concerns about a well marketed form of circuit training, it might be time to step out of your proverbial box and evaluate the utility and importance of such criticisms. Specifically, the imbalances in programming, the postural deviations they cause, and the abuse of olympic lifts and plyometrics.
Had one of my best friends undergo spinal surgery for a herniated disk incurred by jumping off platforms while holding weights during a Crossfit class. He had been hounding me for months to join this class (replete with the rediculous knee-high fad socks) and I kindly rebuffed him citing my dedication to my strength training progran. Now he's sidelined for the next year and I'm still injury-free.
I've worked on and off as a trainer for 15 years and could never understand any rhyme or reason to a Crossfit "program" other than to put asses in seats. I've observed these classes for months (there's a Crossfit down the street from my house) and I would watch, in amazement, Crossfitters perform seemingly contraindicated exercises back to back with running, plyometrics, snatches, etc. Things I would NEVER have my clients perform. Its no wonder people get injured during these "workouts" and reminds me of the Tai Bo phases where people were developing hyperextension injuries from shadow punchin and kicking over and over.
These "bootcamp" style classes may have some efficacy in small doses but long term, I personally avoid them.
Anyone who's been in the service will know that bootcamp lasts 8 weeks and then its over.
"Boot Camp" lasts 12 weeks. Oorah